Gary C. Kelly

Southwest, American Airlines will pay $1,000 employee bonuses to mark tax cuts

Southwest, American Airlines will pay $1,000 employee bonuses to mark tax cuts

Two U.S. airlines — American and Southwest — offered employees $1,000 bonuses to mark the tax overhaul Congress put in place for 2018.

American Airlines Group Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. announced the bonuses after the close of business Tuesday.

Banks, insurers and airlines have led the way on such handouts — all industries that have important regulatory issues pending with the Trump administration. The moves appear to be an effort to sway public opinion in favor of the unpopular tax bill. Republican legislators pushed to pass the overhaul in December as President Trump’s crowning achievement of 2017.

"We applaud Congress and the president for taking this action...

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